CBS Radio in Baltimore plans to debut a performance studio tomorrow. The new space is part of its cluster that includes: WLIF-FM, WWMX, WJZ-FM and WJZ-AM. Online stream “HFS Radio” is part of the cluster on Baltimore’s Clarkview Road as well.
The stations will use the “UpClose Performance Studio” to present invitation-only concerts and special events for listeners. CBS Radio SVP/Market Manager Robert Philips says the venue “is a great way to extend our reach into the community” and says the studio affords listeners “a unique opportunity to hear, see and meet some of their favorite artists in an exclusive and intimate setting.”
Fans can win their way into these events through on-air and online promotions and giveaways.
The studio features a multi-camera HD Video system for streaming and podcasting, so that listeners will be able to enjoy the performances online, either on their computer or mobile device. Additionally, the studio will permanently house high-end instruments, including drums, keyboard, guitars and amps, allowing musical artists to perform without having to bring their own equipment.
A theater-style all-LED professional lighting system is being installed by Showtime Sound of Frederick, Maryland, which is responsible for stage lighting for a number of recent performance tours, including Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and Kevin Hart.
Chief Engineer Kenneth Cardosa tells RBR+TVBR Weekly Tech Roundup the following broadcast equipment is included in the space:
Newtek TriCaster 800
Panasonic AW-HE130 HD Cameras
Panasonic AG-AC160A AVCCAM Camcorder
Samsung J5000 48”-Class Full HD LED TV
NEC NEX555UNVX4P video wall